Joyous scenes erupted at Wembley on a wet Sunday afternoon in front a packed Stadium of blue and white waves, as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side over powered a Tottenham team that showed fight, but in the end were not strong enough to match their opponents.
Moruinho was evidently over the moon with winning the same trophy he won ten years ago when he first started his love affair with the club. He proceeded to jump to the floor to lay across the team photo at the end and then joined in the with players dancing around and singing. I’m sure he at least managed to get a sniff of the winners champagne at the end as well!
It was a tense match up as expected and Spurs created some really decent chances, but it was The Blues who showed a stronger character and didn’t really look like doing anything else but winning the match. Man of the match John Terry was excellent at the back providing a steel wall alongside Gary Cahill that was almost impossible to penetrate, with the added force of Kurt Zouma in the holding role doing an excellent job as the protector in the absence of Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea seemed to play the game in second gear and although they controlled larger parts of the game and had some good chances, they lacked imagination in the final third at times and attacks broke up far too easily. Spurs had some very good spells too and enjoyed good possession when Chelsea sat back without really threatening their opponents goal apart from a few set pieces.
Mourinho used somewhat defensive tactics and played on the counter most of the time, but it was a tactic that paid off this time, and he is the masterclass at grinding out results without playing overly well, something the Blues have done on many occasions this season.
The bottom line on Sunday afternoon was that Chelsea were superior physically and mentally, knew what to do to get the job done and gain their first silverware in a season that has a real possibility of adding more honours.
Simon Phillips – News Editor – www.twitter.com/cfcneteditor